The Weeknd Opens Up About Making Starboy and Cutting His Hair

Spoiler: His signature dreads are locked up in a safe.

Last night, Abel Tesfaye (most commonly known as The Weeknd) sat down with New Zealand DJ, Zane Lowe, for an exclusive interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show. The pair discussed the making of the Toronto-singer’s highly-anticipated third studio album, Starboy—which drops today—and collaborating with personnel ranging from Kendrick Lamar to Lana del Rey, and Metro Boomin to Daft Punk. Fun fact: Tesfaye wrote “Starboy” in “literally 30 minutes.”

Lowe also prodded Tesfaye on intel regarding his new hair (how could he not?!). “Did you keep your hair?” he asked. “Yeah, I did,” Tesfaye laughed, explaining that his infamous ‘do just didn’t vibe with his new vision. For those of you that loved it, never fear: his dreads are stowed away in his manager’s safe.

“It was the greatest feeling of all time; it was so good. I could sleep better, I felt lighter,” he says. “The best part about all of it is I get to wear fucking hats again. Wear a fucking cap and walk into a restaurant and nobody knows it’s you. It’s the greatest feeling.” Hey, whatever makes him happy. You do you, Abel.